I’ve made many variations of pasta sauce in my nine years of blogging, but I think this recent Version wins the title of best weekday pasta sauce. Why? Because it is incredibly simple and uses few ingredients, but still has a wonderfully rich and tasty flavor. I first posted this Sauce in my roasted eggplant with meat sauce recipe, but the Sauce itself was definitely the Star of the series and deserves its own contribution. In fact, I liked this Sauce so much that the last time I made it, I used a spoon to dig out the leftovers as if it were some kind of chili pepper. I skipped the pasta and went straight to the good stuff. 🤷‍♀️

Are you looking for a vegetarian Version? Check out this pasta with 5-ingredient tomato butter sauce.


It’s so simple and yet so good. This pasta sauce includes: ground beef, olive oil, onions, butter, tomato puree, a mixture of Italian spices and salt and pepper. That’s it.no sophisticated ingredients are needed to make it awesome and totally accessible for a busy weeknight.

How to use this sauce?

Of course, this Sauce goes very well with any form of pasta. Or on roasted vegetables! You don’t have to make a whole Eggplant like I have done in the past, I would love this Sauce picked up on a pile of diced roasted vegetables for a delicious low carb meal (check out my Roasted Eggplant with meat sauce), or you can add a mix of summer vegetables and use it to make a delicious low carb meal (check out my


This sauce is incredibly simple and does not require much attention when cooking. What makes this Sauce so good if it is so simple? Two things: butter and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The 30-minute simmering is essential to blunt the overly bright acidic flavors of the crushed tomatoes and helps to caramelize the natural sugars into a deep and subtle sweetness. The butter adds body and a slight creaminess, which helps to balance the natural acids of tomatoes. You will need both elements to make this Sauce. Without either, you only have a regular Red Sauce and, well, it’s just not something to write about (or blog about).


Place the ground beef and olive oil in a saucepan and fry over medium heat until the beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes. If you are using beef with a higher fat content (10% or more), you may want to drain the excess fat once the beef is browned.

While the beef is cooking, finely dice the onion. Add the diced onion and butter to the cooked beef. Continue sautéing until the onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).

Then add the crushed tomatoes, the Italian spice mixture and a little freshly crushed pepper (10-15 Cranks of a pepper grinder). Stir everything to combine.

Put a lid on the pan and let it simmer. After boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer the Sauce for 30 minutes.
After simmering for at least 30 minutes, add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt, stir, then taste and add more if necessary. The taste of the Sauce will deepen and the complexity will be visible after the addition of salt. Serve over pasta or your favorite vegetables.

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